Teacher Appreciation- Throughout the Year


teacher appreciation throughout the year

Back-to-school time has a way of turning our attention to teachers and how much we appreciate all they do for our children.  Teachers work incredibly hard throughout the school year.  Support from parents on a regular basis can make a real difference, encouraging teachers to persevere despite difficulties.  

Appreciation can be expressed in many forms including low and no cost options.

One of the simplest yet most effective ways to express appreciation is a note or email letting a teacher know why you appreciate him or her.  A thoughtful heartfelt expression can be very impactful.

teacher appreciation kids with gift

Another avenue of appreciation is a gift that lightens the workload after a long day.  A take-out meal instead of cooking would be a welcome break for teachers facing grading and planning during evening hours.  Other workload lifting gifts include a gas/oil change gift card, a car wash or a one-time grocery delivery.

Encouraging Teachers

Encouraging teachers to take time for themselves is another way to show support.  Movie and spa gift cards fall into this category.

Dropping off small gifts during the year like a teacher’s favorite drink, a healthy snack, a fun accessory, or a favorite sports team item will make a teacher’s day.  Knowing what your child’s teacher likes can help inform your decision making in this area.  This survey can help you out!

teacher appreciation gift

Most of all, make sure your child’s teacher knows they can count on you to support what is going on in the classroom.  Things like following through at home, remaining positive with other parents about classroom related items and avoiding criticism of teacher practices are best ways to make a teacher feel appreciated.  

Think about putting teacher appreciation dates on your calendar so that good intentions don’t get lost in the day-to-day shuffle of life.  

Teaching is hard…let’s make it easier!!

*Schools/Districts may have rules associated with maximum costs for teacher gifts.  A quick call to your child’s principal can provide this information if applicable.

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I am currently the Director of Special Education with Anderson School District Five in Anderson, SC. Prior to this, I worked as a school principal, director of charter schools and special education teacher. My bachelors is in Special Education, my masters in Educational Leadership and my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. My particular educational interests are supporting children with Autism and supporting struggling readers during their school years. We relocated to the upstate five years ago and love the area. I am the mother to one son who loves all things sports. Two of my favorite weekend activities are leading exercise classes and doing portrait photography.


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